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Why Gujarat Local Election Results Augur Well for BJP

This political analysis was first published here. Post BJP’s  dismal performance in large swathes of rural Gujarat, one could be prompted to believe that the party faces not just a resurgent Congress, especially aided by the Bihar steroid, but also a detached, fatigued and unhappy electorate in the run-up to December 2017 state elections. With Congress capturing 23 of the 31 Zilla (District) Panchayats and...

So Long, Sabeen Mahmud

‘Friend’ is a rather strong word, but I believe Sabeen Mahmud and I considered each other almost that – despite not being in touch lately. We had first got talking in 2006 due to our common links then with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). A few years into my own business, I was just about testing TiE organization waters via ‘a mere’ ordinary membership of TiE Ahmedabad (India) Chapter, while she was...

Film Review: SHAMITABH

Excerpt: Shamitabh is built upon a novel idea and gifted shoulders of its two principal actors. But soon after enamouring us with an electric start, it begins to overindulge, overreach and meander before eventually falling much short of its promise. Review: [Spoiler Alert: Some details revealed in the description of basic plot] A ‘mixture’ (word explained in the film) of an earnest facade and...

China saw Modi coming but not Modi’s India

The article was first published on the Foreign Policy Association network here. Before Narendra Modi became the prime minister of India, some observers in China believed that he could well be “the Deng Xiaoping of India,” comparing him with the Chinese leader who led the economic reform that has transformed China to a global power from a Third World country. Modi visited China three times during his days...

Shamed Mourinho Has Unleashed a Beast

The article first appeared on The Huffington Post (UK) here Chelsea supporters could be forgiven for thinking that in hindsight, the embarrassment of that humiliating FA Cup Round 4 loss to Bradford could well be the most timely potion that destiny could have provided Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. For a coach who is not the biggest advocate of player rotation, slightly less tired legs of his chosen few could...

I’m Fed Up With the Hypocrisy of Chesty Voices like Mehdi Hasan

Following the ghastly Charlie Hebdo terror attack, while the liberal world was rallying around the victims, some privileged people decided to shift the ‘goalpost of the moment‘ from Islamist extremism to the liberal world’s definition of and duplicity with regards freedom of speech. And oh, they also kind of insinuated that ‘Charlie Hebdo called it upon itself’. Here is my response...

Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism is either a two-way street to and fro the idea of a nation state or just another opportunity for the centrifugal forces to build up to the center.  © Anshuman Rawat ...